Local Love Shack closes

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The windows of the Love Shack restaurant, shown Monday, have been covered and advertise that the burger joint of Fort Worth celebrity chef Tim Love will be replaced by a new restaurant concept in early 2013.

Dirty Love Burgers are no more.

After 18 months in business, the Love Shack in downtown Denton permanently closed its doors Monday morning.

A sign outside the restaurant at 115 E. Hickory St. states that owner Tim Love would be “redesigning and renovating the space, which will open with a new concept in early 2013.”

A sign also states the last night of service for the restaurant will be Thursday. However, windows were covered up and the doors were locked, though cars were in the parking lot behind the building.

The same message appeared via the restaurant’s Facebook and Twitter fan pages.

“Thank you for your dedicated support and patronage and we look forward to seeing you at Tim’s new concept,” the post said.

In trying to reach the owner, officials with the restaurant would not comment regarding the closing, only saying that the Facebook comment was the official statement.

Love opened his third Love Shack in April 2011. Since its opening, the 3,600-square-foot restaurant — which included indoor and outdoor sitting for 120 guests — became quite busy, participating in many Denton community events and hosting popular music talents.

City officials approved a $10,000 downtown grant for Love to use for exterior improvements to the building in 2010.

The building once housed a barbershop, among other businesses.

Julie Glover, Denton’s economic development program administrator, said the owner of the building already knew Love was planning on closing.

“The building owner talked to him and he told him he would be rebranding and reopening,” she said. “The restaurant is temporarily closing. …”

Glover said the building owner answered at least 25 phone calls Monday afternoon from people wanting to know what happened.

At about 2:40 p.m., Lucinda East, senior account executive with Baltz & Company in New York — the firm representing Love — confirmed again the official Facebook posting and added that more details would be announced as they are provided.

Throughout the day Monday, surprise was the initial reaction as news of the Love Shack’s sudden closing spread through social media sites.

People who made comments mostly said they were sad the restaurant closed, while others were already looking forward to the new concept.

Love, a Denton High School graduate, has told the Denton Record-Chronicle that he opened the Love Shack in Denton because his mother wanted him to build a place locally.

He also said he wanted to give something back to the community.

In May, Love closed his Love Shack location on West Seventh Street in Fort Worth.

Love still has another Love Shack location at the Fort Worth Stockyards and opened a Texas Christian University-based food truck named the Big Purple Truck on Thursday, according to his Twitter page.

If customers have outstanding coupons from the Love Shack, those would be honored at the other Love Shack locations, company representatives said.

Staff writer Dawn Cobb contributed to this report.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her email address is kramirez@dentonrc.com .

 


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